If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or if you know someone who has, you know the intense pain it can cause. But, specialized massage techniques are proving to greatly decrease pain and muscle tension.
Learning how to give a massage to help with the pain, might also help to lower the stress and anxiety symptoms as well.
Fibromyalgia is a severe pain in the muscles and fibrous connective tissues (tendons and ligaments). It has been associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS.
What are the symptoms?
Pain is the primary symptom. Many people also experience chronic fatigue.
Some people have aching in the joints, head and feet.
Fibromyalgia has been associated with 18 primary pain areas of the body in most patients.
Those areas include:
6 Trigger point areas in neck and shoulders
Front of arm pit
Area just above the elbow
Top of the front of each leg (groin area)
2 Trigger points in low back
Inside area of the knees
Inside area of ankles
What will relieve the pain?
1) Self-massage - Massage the areas listed above for about 2-3 minutes in each area. Try to do this 2-3 times per week.
2) Find a massage therapist who has specialized training in this massage and visit them at least once ever two weeks.
3) Use some peppermint essential oil on the folded edge of a warm, wet washcloth and place the cloth over your eyes, with the side that has the peppermint actually on the edge of the nose. Take 10-12 very deep breaths.
7) Communicate with your doctor and have regular blood work
8) Get massage therapy, learn self massage techniques, or ask a family member to learn how to give a massage to ease pain in primary areas of discomfort
This Massage for Fibromyalgia DVD
contains step-by-step instructions on how to massage a person with
fibromyalgia, as well as informative details about the health benefits
for the patient/client.
This is a clip of that DVD:
Benefits of Fibromyalgia Massage
Massage is great to help loosen muscles that are chronically
tight, tender and sensitive. It helps to calm nerves and release stress.
By working the 18 major pain points for Fibromyalgia, massage
therapy allows the muscles and connective tissue in the body to truly
relax and release some of the inflammation associated with this disease.
With massage training, you will learn to identify the eighteen
primary pain points that are typically used to diagnosis this disorder,
as well as Fibromyalgia massage techniques for reducing sleep issues,
pain and headaches.